Shopping Sunday in Amsterdam, the Nine Streets

Shopping Sunday in AmsterdamWe, the Shopping Saturday girlfriends, hadn’t seen each other for quite a while. Holidays and work got in way, so we decided to change our outing to Shopping Sunday in Amsterdam. In the Nine Streets to be precise. Still one of the loviest areas of Amsterdam. I already wrote two posts on this area in 2013, here and here. And also one in 2016. Some shops have disappeared over the years, others are there to stay and new shops join.

We didn’t have much time and in the Nine Streets the shops are open on a Sunday from 12 o’clock. So we gathered for coffee at 11.

Below: Big news: Anke is pregnant! She is 6 months in her pregnancy in this photo and she carries beautifully.

Shopping Sunday in Amsterdam

Below: Sabine in fashionable comfy trousers.

Shopping Sunday in Amsterdam

Below: Here we go. Walking along one of the Amsterdam canals.

Below: Pretty picture again. In this post I have limited my Amsterdam canal pictures to one. (The water isn’t as dirty as it looks in this picture.)

Shopping Sunday in Amsterdam

Below: Shoes… always a big attraction. Sabine didn’t buy them but was very tempted. The strap was too short for comfort.

Shopping Sunday in Amsterdam

Below: And neither did Anke buy these sandals (also at Hester van Eeghen, Hartenstraat 1). Anke will walk on flat shoes for another three months at least.

Shopping Sunday in Amsterdam

Below: I hardly bought anything that day. Only a small blue second hand top (for underneath a shirt) for € 19. Oh and a linen bag for € 15. But I had bought this colourful chunky necklace in the sale at Essentiel the day before… The cream top is by Max Mara. See the fun slit at the back in this post.

Below: A lovely dressed woman in the Hartenstraat. Is she over 40? Hard to tell with sunglasses.

Shopping Sunday in Amsterdam

Below: Another well dressed woman joined her. She is definitely over 40. Very fashionable with her sneakers (all the rage in The Netherlands). And I like her dress.

Shopping Sunday in Amsterdam

Below: This woman caught my attention. Of course, well dressed AND a hat AND good looking. But I was a little late with my camera. Still.. got her.

Shopping Sunday in Amsterdam

Below: At Hartenstraat 8 is Essentiel, my financial deathtrap. You can buy online too. Anke found these sneakers in the sale.

Sneakers Essentiel

Below: They look good on her!!

Below: Sabine found a fantastic pair of white trousers. With a “side line”. By the way.. that yellow mini bag with the colourful strap? That’s mine from Zara.

Below: Am I? Shall I? Yes, she did and I saw her wear it with a little orange jacket and gold sandals and belt and it was perfect.

A series of four photos, all with this yellow Japanese-like shirt. I had seen it in the shop on a petite woman. Which means IT WILL PROBABLY NOT SUIT ME!! When will I learn?

Below: For starters, it gaps a little at the bosom.

Below: Oh gosh, my bosom makes me look pregnant too. And the length of the shirt cuts me in two halves.

Below: What if I tuck it in?

Below: Nah… just not for me. Pity… I really liked it.

Below: Sabine was thinking of winter with this cardigan. But it didn’t make it to the cashier.

Below: Next shop on the list was Sky, Herengracht 228, where Sabine found this fab dress. Gets her lots of compliments. She wears it with cowboy boots for instance.

Shopping Sunday in Amsterdam

Below: She also tried these sandals but didn’t like them. I thought they were great!

Shopping Sunday in Amsterdam

Below: The girls scored very well in a second hand shop called Spiegelbeeld (Mirror image), Huidenstraat 24. This dress was made for Sabine’s figure. I tried a similar one on and deleted the photos (disaster).

Shopping Sunday in Amsterdam

Below: She loves trying on hats.

Shopping Sunday in Amsterdam

Below: Anke bought these soft sneakers. Second hand but never worn.

Shopping Sunday in Amsterdam

Below: Then they decided maxi dresses would do well in summer. They came home with them. The prices in the second hand shop are low.

Shopping Sunday in Amsterdam

Below: I did try this black and white number but decided it wasn’t good enough.

Shopping Sunday in Amsterdam

Below: Also tried these trousers, but they were just a little too short for my taste.

Shopping Sunday in Amsterdam

Below: In search of a white jacket (both Sabine and me) we went into Amatør, Huidenstraat 26. Yes, this was a good jacket.

Shopping Sunday in Amsterdam

Below: So I tried it on as well (bigger size…) and it is too straight for me. Being taller and lacking the small waist and the nice hips of Sabine, I thought the jacket was too masculine for me.

Shopping Sunday in Amsterdam

Below: Sabine in the same jacket as the white one, but now in pink with matching trousers. She hesitated, but I convinced her that the white one was more practical. The orange jacket I am wearing was more tailored but my bosom didn’t fit the jacket. The lapels didn’t sit right but gapped. No jacket for me.

Shopping Sunday in Amsterdam

Below: A tradition.. a photo of the three of us having drinks on a terrace before heading home.

Shopping Sunday in Amsterdam

Next week my week’s holiday, spent with a different girlfriend every day.

Linking up to the link-up of Not Dead Yet Style: Visible Monday.


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PS For those who haven’t seen this on Instagram… my third attempt to vlog… and for the time being, my last attempt.





  1. Mels
    6 August 2017 / 16:31

    I look forward to your posts every Sunday morning in the US. Congratulations to Anke!

    • Greetje
      6 August 2017 / 20:57

      Such comments are soooo appreciated by me. Thank you very much.

  2. 6 August 2017 / 16:53

    I love your vlog, Greetje!! Funny, and so cute!!
    It’s so fun to join you all on your shopping!!
    I must say that the necklace you wore was so stunning, and you showed it off perfectly with the white shirt.

    • Greetje
      6 August 2017 / 20:58

      The necklace is a statement piece so it needs some quiet background. Really that is my weak point. I keep buying “attention drawing stuff”. Which means they are always competing with each other.

      • 6 August 2017 / 22:01

        This is why we are friends, Greetje!! Because that is so me, to a tee!! I always want the fun and interesting items, but I need to remember that I also need basics for the unique items to pair with!!

  3. 6 August 2017 / 17:04

    I loved your vlog story, very funny! Your necklace is so cool, and the bag as well.

    I wish I could find a maxi dress that didn’t make me feel like I was wearing a tent! Both of your friends look smashing in theirs.

    • Greetje
      6 August 2017 / 21:01

      I know my friends look good in their maxi dresses. You should have seen me!! Horrible.
      And thank you for your kind words. My vlog is not going to be repeated. Too difficult. I want to say it in perfect English which mean I have to memorize the words. Not spontaneous. And I talk too slow in English.

  4. Rebecca
    6 August 2017 / 18:28

    Thanks for this delightful post – I love the shopping outings you have with your friends. The top and distinctive necklace you wore are great. After seeing the photos of you trying on the various garments and rejecting them for one reason or another, I was impressed with how well you know your body and what flatters it. The take away for me is that just because something looks great on another and we love it, doesn’t mean it is meant for us.

    • Greetje
      6 August 2017 / 21:05

      Oh.. you got that right! It took me a long time and cost me a lot of money before I realized this. Evrything which looks great on a petite woman is a danger zone for me. Anything good looking on a woman with hips, is another danger zone. I won’t say it is always wrong, but forewarned is a good thing.
      And I have had a lot of practise. Both on Sylvia’s 40plus style site with all the guidance she gives and by trying, trying and trying, what I lack in styling skills I make up in perseverance haha.

  5. 6 August 2017 / 19:18

    What a great day again! I would love to go to the Nine Streets one day! And I absolutely love Sabine s dresses!

    • Greetje
      6 August 2017 / 21:12

      Sabine looks a million dollar in a lot of garments. She has this tiny waist…

  6. AndreaR
    6 August 2017 / 19:45

    It’s always fun to accompany you ladies on your shopping trips. Love Ankle’s sneakers. I’m still kicking myself for not buying platform espadrilles covered in sequins in Amalfi this summer. I’m impressed at at how elegantly European ladies negotiate the cobblestone streets in high heels.

    • Greetje
      6 August 2017 / 21:14

      I find that the European ladies are getting wiser… three years ago (or so) I was in Rome and I only saw about 5 woman in high heels. The rest was in sensible flats. More heels in Turin. Hardly any in The Netherlands.

  7. Meera
    6 August 2017 / 19:54

    Loved the back outfit on you. Your blog is such a treat to read!! It always makes me smile.

    • Greetje
      6 August 2017 / 21:16

      Which outfit?? I didn’t buy any of the things I tried on. They were not good enough in my opinion.
      But I am glad I can keep you amused. Makes me very happy. Honestly. No joke.

  8. 6 August 2017 / 21:43

    Ahhhhhh, the negen straatjes. What I wouldn’t give to spend a day shopping with you there! I used to live within walking distance, which was very dangerous for my bank balance. Also, for my waistline, because the Kaas Kamer is nearby.

    I love seeing all the things you tried on, and what your friends tried on! I love that yellow shirt on you; I wish it had worked. I’m LOOOOOOOVING your Essentiel necklace. That is fab, and so very you. Your blog posts always take me on a little trip and I love that! xx

    • Greetje
      7 August 2017 / 10:52

      Listen darling, you are in Amsterdam in a hop, skip and a jump. And I think in September, our Dutch train company (NS) is going to simplify their train journey: St Pancras station to Amsterdam Centraal in 4 hours, no stopping. The Kaaskamer still exists:
      And Essentiel is in the Hartenstraat…. I would take the day off to go together with you.

  9. Gee
    6 August 2017 / 21:49

    Greetings from Middle England!
    So, back in one of my favourite capitals, eh? And very chic you looked too. You know, I think you were wrong about that ‘masculine’ jacket, I thought it was a good fit and looked elegant. Incidentally, are your necklaces reasonably heavy and that’s why they stay in place? I ask because whenever I (try to) wear anything other than a short chain it swings back and forth like a ships’s lamp on a stormy night and I’m in grave danger of lassoing myself! Ah, the perils of old age!

    • Greetje
      7 August 2017 / 10:56

      Amsterdam is one of my favourite capitals too. But so is London, Paris, Rome and several other cities haha.
      Perhaps the photo didn’t show the masculinity of the jacket properly, but I know I can do better. I have a white jacket which is perfect, but it is getting old (and showing). For this year I am OK though.
      The necklace isn’t lightweight but neither heavy. The red link at the top didn’t want to stay in place, but I found out what to do with the chain to sort that out. It does NOT swing like a ship’s lamp on a stormy night haha. Thank you for making me laugh.

  10. Wendy
    6 August 2017 / 23:05

    Always enjoy seeing you have fun on your shopping trips with friends. Sorry to hear you did not find much.
    Enjoyed your vlog!

    • Greetje
      7 August 2017 / 10:57

      I was quite pleased I didn’t find much this time. These shopping sprees are fun but murder on my bank account. So this was fine. We had fun, I had the opportunity, I could try a lot of things and still came away with little damage to my wallet.

  11. 6 August 2017 / 23:08

    I love your posts – I really enjoyed the shopping trip, I liked the yellow shirt very much but sometimes we just have to admire on other people (I am slowly learning this 🙂 I cannot wear yellow, I look really grim)

    • Greetje
      7 August 2017 / 11:00

      I find it remarkable that I can still wear yellow. Or so I think haha. I used to be a brunette and yellow was even better for me then. When I changed my hair colour to blond (grey hair outgrow…) I thought I would have to get rid of all my yellow tops and shirts. But no, they still look good (IMO).
      And I have learned a lot from blogging, trial and error and proportion lessons from Sylvia (40plusStyle).

  12. Marilee Gramith
    7 August 2017 / 01:35

    Your new necklace is a beauty and you’re going to be able to wear it with many things! I’d be surprised if you don’t find it to be quite versatile!
    I am so happy for Anke! She looks even more beautiful. You didn’t say anything about the sex of the baby so I’m guessing that Anke doesn’t want to know (?) Healthy is alsays rhe main priority eh??
    That Asian print , bright yellow blouse was very pretty on you Greetje. I’m betting you’ll find a similar item that is perfect for you in the future. That print would be lovely on a kimono!!
    Your little vlog story was so cool!!! I loved hearing you speak and you didn’t sound rehearsed at all! You DON’T speak too slowly in English either!!!( as I read your comment to another follower) The story was cute and so are you my friend!!

    • Greetje
      7 August 2017 / 11:09

      I would have loved to find the yellow kimono shirt a little longer. They had dresses, but that was a bit too much… Hmmm.. perhaps I should buy a dress and shorten is to a tunic. Idea. Lightbulb.
      Anke knows what the sex of the baby is going to be, but I don’t know whether she wants the world to know.
      I am not satisfied with the vlog, but perhaps in the near future? I can do some pretty good Bette Midler/Sophie Tucker dirty jokes haha.

  13. 7 August 2017 / 04:32

    I think you speak wonderfully in English. Your little stories are always fun.

    I’m delighted to see you and your friends shopping secondhand. Their maxi dresses are wonderful.


    • Greetje
      7 August 2017 / 11:21

      I still think I talk too slow in this video. My normal speech is much faster. I might do another one. One of these Bette Midler/Sophie Tucker dirty jokes haha. That might cost me readers but who cares, I love those jokes.
      We also shop second hand. This Saturday I scored a clutch and a pair of red trousers.

      • 5 October 2017 / 00:42

        Hi Greetje,
        I just discovered your blog and had to subscribe! My husband is Dutch and I’m American, he always tells a little joke that the Dutch speak fast because the country is small and there won’t be enough room if you spoke as slow as most Americans, it always gets a laugh when he demonstrates. We used to live in Amersfoort, it was a great experience to learn so much about the amazing Dutch. We now live in Fresno, California and are planning a trip back in May for the Amersfoort Jazz Festival.

        • Greetje
          6 October 2017 / 06:29

          Thank you Donna, great that you fipound my blog. I hope I can keep you entertained. I only post once a week (full time job gets in the way of more posts), on Sunday.
          You will see many Dutch towns and pictures. Amersfoort has been on the blog this summer as well but not extensively.

  14. Trish
    7 August 2017 / 08:56

    As always, going shopping with you and your mates, is great fun Greetje. Sorry you didn’t find anything to your taste. I loved the yellow blouse, but agree that, for you, it wasn’t right. Pity. I’d never heard of the seven streets before- I must look it up. Still trying to get my husband to go on short breaks, and Amsterdam would be perfect! Lovely sunshine for you all too! Tot gauw. 😀

    • Greetje
      7 August 2017 / 11:25

      If you look it up, know it is the Nine Streets. Not the seven streets haha. Very famous area. You can find more information at the top of my blog, navigation button Amsterdam. And in this post I included three links to previous posts about that area too. Hope you can make it to Amsterdam. I heard that the Dutch railways are going to further improve their train journey. From St Pancras to Amsterdam Centre in 4 hours, no stops. Now it is 4 1/2 hours as they stop for customs for half an hour. Still, might be better than flying.
      Cannot promise you any sunshine. Weather is fickle here. As in the UK.

      • Trish
        7 August 2017 / 13:36

        Brilliant news about the railways! That would make it a real possibility- we’re getting A bit tired of the stress of airports. Nine streets – ah – that’s good. It means two more streets of shopping! 🤣😂 Sorry….I’ve got the memory of a gnat these days!

  15. josep-maria
    7 August 2017 / 09:02

    I loved your video, I liked watching you on the move and listening to your voice. How do you like to go shopping, right? It shows that you have a great time with your elegant friends in the shops. I like some of the things you show, especially the red and white blazer, and also the yellow blouse, very yours (that you’re serious in the photo!). I love seeing you in your jeans and that precious necklace that stands out so well on the white background. And I love the style of your friends.

    • Greetje
      7 August 2017 / 11:54

      You know I am a jeans girl (….girl… hmmm haha) at heart. And I don’t like myself in flat shoes with a skirt or a dress, which is why I often wear trousers to go shopping for a day. As I really need flat shoes for walking all day. Yes I do look serious in that “yellow kimono-shot”. Deciding whether to buy or not, is a serious business haha.

  16. 7 August 2017 / 15:54

    I enjoy being able to virtually “join” you on your shopping trips with your friends. You always look like you’re having so much fun. Sabine did very well on this outing – I would wear that lovely blue dress with the pockets too! The Essentiel store would definitely be my downfall. It’s too bad you didn’t have much luck, but then again, your bank account was probably grateful for that. Congratulations to Anke on her pregnancy.

    • Greetje
      7 August 2017 / 16:11

      Your assessment of the Shopping Sunday is 100% on par. A pity I only found one little thing but oh so good for my bank account. While I still had the fun. One of the brick Essentiel stores is in the street between my house and the centre of the city (15 minutes walk). I pass it all the time….

  17. 7 August 2017 / 17:54

    Well you and your friends emerged from the ” death trap” well attired and happy! Love the necklace you are wearing and the Zara yellow bag, a cool strap on it. Too bad that yellow floral blouse did not fit, I did love the print. I love Sabine’s white trousers and agree Anke is carrying beautifully!
    What fun! Thanks for sharing this!


    • Greetje
      7 August 2017 / 20:21

      I could perhaps buy the yellow kimono top as a dress and shorten it.

  18. 7 August 2017 / 22:12

    Love your new necklace!! Looks perfect on your cream top!!
    And I think I will hit the store Sky to see and try on the blue denim dress that Sabine has bought, I think it is a dress that has mu name on it too 😊
    You go Girls, Nice shopping day you had!

    • Greetje
      8 August 2017 / 06:22

      Thanks Jolanda, it was indeed a lovely day. If you want that deniem dress, you better run. I think it was a sales item. And yes I think it would look very good on you too.

  19. 10 August 2017 / 15:11

    I love the print of the yellow shirt you tried: what a pity it didn’t suit you!
    The small bag is so cute and those straps are very on fashion at the moment! I would love a similar one for a lilac bag that I have …
    The long second-hand dress is fab on Sabine. Did she buy It?

    • Greetje
      11 August 2017 / 13:56

      Yes it was a shame the yellow shirt wasn’t good for me. They had a dress in that print too, but with short sleeves. And you know me: no short sleeves.
      For the handle of the bag.. perhaps Obag has such handles too? Otherwise buy the whole bag at Zara (if they still have them), as Zara is very inexpensive.
      And yes, Sabine bought the dress.

  20. 12 August 2017 / 07:45

    OH…enormous congratulations to Anke! Gosh she looks radiant! Sabine and Anke both look so lovely in the maxi dresses! And you Greetje…not much buying this time but isn’t the day just as much fun when you’re spending it with friends!

    • Greetje
      12 August 2017 / 13:08

      So true Sue, so true. Actually being able to try everything on, knowing you CAN buy it and then getting away with having spent € 35,-, is a lovely way of shopping haha. Being with friends is the best.

  21. 22 August 2017 / 08:06

    Lots of great looking footwear in this post!

    So glad you decided not to buy that black and white striped top!;-)

    Although your necklace is not my cup of tea, I like this whole look on you.

    • Greetje
      24 August 2017 / 06:02

      Again, this is rather a simple outfit for me. I “need” the Essentiel necklace to lift the look to a “higher” level.

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